Melodic Rock Soloing

by Max Sokolov

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  • Hello, GMC!

    Welcome to my first video lesson, devoted to various rock soloing ideas.

    We will use the following techniques:

    - Pendulum motion - I use it to play riffs here. If you aren't comfortable with it, I strongly recommend to learn this technique - with time and gained experience you'll be able to use it without even thinking about it - and get lots of benefits from it!
    - Bends and vibrato - try to keep you bends in tune! Play a high reference note and then bend into it from previous one, if needed.
    - Unison bends - if you have floating bridge on your guitar, you'll need a really strong vibrato to make this technique sound in tune. With a static bridge you can try bending low notes precisely to a high one, this sounds awesome too!
    - A little of whammy bar diving and fluttering - one of the simpler techniques of this lesson
    - Hybrid picking - this time I used only my middle finger for this technique.
    - Tapping - make sure that your time feel is confident, as there are groups of nine notes per beat!
    - Tapping scale runs - pay attention on left hand index finger, you need strong "hammer-ons from nowhere" to handle this!

    I use my Suhr Standard Custom guitar with Doug Aldrich Humbucker in bridge position and Fractal Audio Axe FX Standard straight into TC Electronic Impact Twin.
    Rhythm preset is based on Euro Red (Bogner XTC) amp model with 4x12 Recto1 cabinet
    Lead preset is the same one with slightly boosted mids, added delay and reverb and Morley Maverick wah pedal

    Tempo/meter: 85 bpm, 4/4

    Tonality/Chord Progression:
    E minor

    E - E - A - E - D

    Bridge part: A - G - AC# - C - D

    Good luck and enjoy!



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